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every year I forget a key thing about deer hunting

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Jason_W, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. Jason_W

    Jason_W Well-Known Member

    I don't really like deer hunting:D

    Still I get a twinge of excitement before my first hunt of the season.
  2. 27hand

    27hand Well-Known Member

    I forget how much I like being in the woods until daybreak on the first day.

    I had 14 geese fly over last Sat.
    A redtailed hawk landed about 35- 40 yds out at eye level. I kept hearing a turkey but couldn't see it untill the hawk landed in the tree. Then I noticed the turkey was about 10 yds away in another tree.

    I've watched 3 red foxes playing in a field about 60 yds out with one eveentually trotting right under me.
    A few grey foxes quite a few years back.
    Every year I have turkey's under me and tons of squirrels from the little red tree squirrels, many grey and quite a few fox squirrels.
    I had a family of raccoons climb down a tree about 10 yds away and have had a great horned owl flying directly at me to the point it was 5 yds away flying past me.

    Rabbits, groundhogs, dogs, and even hunters have walked below me and didn't notice I was 25 feet above them.

    Even though I've shot a lot of deer, I still get a bit excited when I see them moving about.

    It doesn't even matter though, whether I get something or not.

    It's one of lifes simple pleasures. A steaming gut pile is just an added bonus knowing jerky and chops are on the way.

    Yeah, I forget some key stuff as well, till daybreak. :)
  3. Jason_W

    Jason_W Well-Known Member

    I've hunted 20 seasons now and I've never seen a legal deer.

    Also, I have the wrong personality for it. To me, sitting still in one spot for hours on end is an arcane form of torture on par with bamboo shoots under the fingernails.
  4. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    What are you hunting downtown Los Angeles? Seriously where are you hunting?
  5. Jason_W

    Jason_W Well-Known Member

    I left out the getting up before dawn part. Not a huge fan of that either :D

    If someone out there has figured out how to successfully hunt whitetail at noon without sitting at a stand for hours on end, PM me;)
  6. Jason_W

    Jason_W Well-Known Member

    I grew up hunting northern Vermont and now I live in downeast Maine. Only bucks are legal (no spikes in Vermont) except during bow season and by special lottery drawn permit during the rifle and ML season in Maine and only during the ML season in vermont.

    I've seen plenty of does, some within spitting distance. Just never a legal buck.
  7. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Well-Known Member

    methinks if does are legal during archery season ... i'd be buying a bow.
  8. Jason_W

    Jason_W Well-Known Member

    I might give bow a try at some point. I can't really afford a new expensive hobby at this point.

    Besides, I have my doubts that I could bag one with a bow when i can't with a rifle.

    I hope that at some point I get to try hunting some other species of big game or maybe even whitetail in a different region. I may like it more outside of the northern New England woods which, in most instances, is objectively horrible terrain.
  9. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Well-Known Member

    well, from what you said, you've seen does in spitting distance, but have never seen a buck. I'd be grabbing a bow, myself, and hitting a hay pile with some arrows until I could at least hit a pie plate at spitting distance. :D

    Kind of hard to bag an animal you never see. take what you can get, mano.
  10. Jason_W

    Jason_W Well-Known Member

    Maybe I need some kind of blind. I could just chill with a good book and not have to worry about movement tipping off the deer that may or may not be around.

    Though, wouldn't the smells associated with the synthetic fabrics and dies tip off deer just as much as movement?

    If I ever own a piece of land I'm definitely putting in some food plots and probably elevated box blinds possibly replete with salvaged recliners:D

    Hey, if I'm going to sit all day, I may as well be comfortable.
  11. JeffDilla

    JeffDilla Well-Known Member

    As a fellow Mainer, come inland my friend. Central Maine. :)
  12. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    I don't get that much thrill out of it, but I can't say "I don't like" deer hunting or I wouldn't do it. :D I much prefer bird hunting, waterfowl or doves being the choices to me here. no partridges or such here, only quail and I don't have a dog. Besides, they've taken a big hit in the last 20 years.
  13. Jason_W

    Jason_W Well-Known Member

    What are the woods like where you are? Around here the only public land I have to hunt on looks like it was logged in the last few years and is growing back incredibly thick. It's nearly unwalkable. I jumped two deer yesterday and only got the classic view.

    I knew that catching up to them would be impossible in that stuff so I backed off not wanting to stress them too much. I tried to sit a bit this morning watching a trail but got real cold real fast and only lasted a couple of hours.
  14. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    Record message on digital recorder, when they trigger the motion sensor it powers up the radio and TX the recording back to your position.



    Your success depends on how well you can sneek up on them.
  15. Jason_W

    Jason_W Well-Known Member

    Oh, I still go. I really just want a freezer full of venison and fulfill a long overdue rite of passage.

    Like you, I enjoy small game hunting a lot more.
  16. JeffDilla

    JeffDilla Well-Known Member

    I'm fortunate enough to be invited to hunt several parcels of private land by a group of old timers who own a few lots of 40+ acres each. The type of woods varies, but it is mostly hardwood stands. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of thick evergreen growth in areas but they are beautiful plots of land interspersed with nice fields of clover. This is only the third year I've hunted with this crew but it is excellent habitat.

    I also hunt in Northern Maine, north of Shin Pond, for tradition's sake with my 91 year old grandfather. The deer are extremely scarce up there, but I just enjoy being in the middle of the north woods hunting. I never really expect to see deer up there, but I'm ok with that.
  17. splattergun

    splattergun Well-Known Member

    Still hunting.
    Bonus; you find rabbits that way, too. Walking very slowly and quietly through the woods sharpens the senses in a way sitting in a stand never will.
  18. Jason_W

    Jason_W Well-Known Member

    That sounds pretty close to ideal.

    I'm hunting a chunk of public land on the outskirts of Ellsworth. There is plenty of sign and I've seen deer, but there are no centralized food sources (all browse) and there are no real open areas to watch. The best I could find was a 35 yard long shooting lane overlooking one of the many deer trails.
  19. JeffDilla

    JeffDilla Well-Known Member

  20. Jason_W

    Jason_W Well-Known Member

    The luck factor is crucial.

    And everyone misses now and again. I missed a partridge a couple of weeks ago that was the easiest shot I'd encountered in ages.

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